The exhibition to go to: Walter van Beirendonck

Photography courtesy of Walter Van Beirendonck

Antwerp’s Six most exuberant and larger than life figure has relentlessly been challenging the fashion world for the past three decades. Known for his colourful designs, his maverick fashion shows in Paris in the 90s, and the critical messages on society he proclaims with his designs, Walter van Beirendonck will see the highlights of his career and creations celebrated in this comprehensive retrospective at Antwerp’s fashion museum. In addition to silhouettes from his collections, the exhibition will provide an overview of the world he lives in, taking a deeper look into the narrative character of his oeuvre, his fascination for etnography, rituals, science fiction and technology.

Until 19th February
MoMu, Nationalestraat 28 – 2000 Antwerp
momu.be

The concerts to catch: Gablé and Is Tropical

Gablé

Pigeonholing this joyful and whacky French quartet is simply impossible. Gablé criss-crosses genres and styles, overthrowing any expectations of what a normal “band” could possibly be, bringing to the game an unexpected freshness. Their bubbly and unpredictable live shows have cemented their reputation as a band that really exists for the  stage, incorporating hoovers amongst other many other off-beat instruments.

5th November
Beursschouwburg, Rue Auguste Ortsstraat 20-28 – 1000 Brussels
www.beursschouwburg.be

Is Tropical

Having just released their debut album ‘Native to’ on Kitsuné earlier this year, the mysterious London three-piece (the band members hide their faces behind scarfs and masks at all times) now brings their beat-driven, pop-influenced lo-fi dance sound to Brussels.

4th November
Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1210 Brussels
www.botanique.be

The night out: Plastic

Photography courtesy of Plastic

Contemporary plastic and visual arts, photography exhibition, live shows and DJ sets – Plastic is back this year in its traditional location, Brussels’ White Hotel. Spread out across 10 floors of exhibition and party space, each room is given to a different artist or musician, who essentially owns the premises for the night. With a special focus this year on music, Plastic’s 8th edition promises everything from hip hop, jazz, electronica and disco-punk. Top of the bill: Belgian up and coming electro-rock band Great Mountain Fire. See here for the full programme.

4th November
White Hotel Avenue Louise 212 Louizalaan – 1050 Brussels
www.plasticfestival.com

The movie to catch: Central Do Brasil

‘Central Do Brasil’ is a movie about the friendship between a little boy and a middle-aged woman that won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 1998 and earned its award-winning brazilian director Walter Salles international acclaim. The director will be at hand on the night itself, revealing footage from his highly anticipated adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s cult novel ‘On the Road’, an enthralling portray of the Beat Generation.

6th November, 19h30
Flagey, Place Sainte Croix Heilig Kruisplein – 1050 Ixelles
www.flagey.be

Bringing the weekend to a close: Jazz at Potemkine

Photography courtesy of Potemkine

Almost every Sunday the Potemkine Bar marked by its wooden interior and a huge whale skeleton installation on the ceiling invites you to a cozy live jazz evening  – this time with the Fred Becker Trio performing. The perfect comfy and relaxed hungover Sunday hangout spot to let the weekend come to a close with some great jazz tunes and a cup of tea. And for the hard-boiled that simply never know when to stop, there’s Potemkine’s special Volga beer (offered with a shot of vodka).

6th November, 19h00
Potemkine, Avenue de la porte de Hal 2 Hallepoortlaan – 1060 Brussels